Top Tips for Summer Celebrations at Home!

posted on Jul 06 2020

by Taylor Ann Spencer, Program Manager

For many of us, summer is special because it’s a chance to take a break and have fun! It’s a time to explore new places, to gather together big groups of friends, to swim at the beach and eat massive ice cream cones. It’s a time to celebrate being alive!

This summer, we can’t celebrate in quite the same way. We can’t have huge parties, and we probably won’t be able to travel as much. Depending on where we live, we not even be able to be outside as much as we’d like, let alone go to the beach. This summer will be different, but that doesn’t mean we should lose the spirit of summer! We can still celebrate, no matter where we are, and celebrate BIG!

Here are our top favorite ways to celebrate summer from home:

1. Camp out . . . in your living room!

So what if you can’t go to an actual campground—why not create your own camping experience at home? Make a tent with chairs and sheets in your living room, or if you have a backyard and an actual tent, why not pitch it out there? Grill s’mores under the broiler. Get out the flashlights and tell spooky stories. You won’t be out in the wilderness, but you won’t have to worry about bears either!

kids being excited on stage with a rubber chicken

2. Throw a “Because Summer” Party!

Who says you need a specific reason or a lot of people to party it up? Plan an at-home party and make invitations for everyone in the family! Hang some streamers and create a custom music playlist. Cook a special meal (or order in!) and make sure you have dessert! Looking for special entertainment post-dinner? Break out the board games . . . or watch a movie (see below!)

3. Plan a special movie night

Movie theaters may be closed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t “go to the movies.” Pull up the couch and arrange lots of cushy chairs and pillow close to your biggest screen. Pop some popcorn, grab a bag of skittles and throw in a DVD or stream something new that you’ve never seen. The best part? You can pause the movie whenever you need to . . . and you don’t have to pay a crazy high price for a soda!

kids on a log at summer camp wearing fake mustaches

4. Make a yummy frozen dessert

Everyone loves an icy cold treat on a hot day! Why not make your own? Whether it’s a DIY ice cream cake made with store-bought ice cream, fruit juice pops, or yogurt bark, you’ll be glad to have it in the freezer when the temperature hits 90 degrees.

5. Have a Wet ‘n’ Wild Day!

You may not be able to go to a water park, but you can still party it up in your swim suit at home. Turn the sprinklers on full blast! Fill some buckets with water and buy water balloons. No one is safe, and the party’s not over until everyone’s absolutely drenched!

kids on zoom having fun

6. Virtual Adventures with mainstages!

Looking for more ways to celebrate? Sign up for mainstages’ Virtual Passport to Summer! For five weeks, mainstages is offering weekly live interactive classes, shows, and specialty camps for kids of all ages! Click the link below for more information and to sign up for more summer fun!

Your Virtual Passport to Summer

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Taylor Ann Spencer

posted on Jul 06 2020

by Taylor Ann Spencer

Taylor Ann is an NYC-based theater artist and children's theater director. After graduating from Hope College with a BFA in theater and creative writing, she toured with Missoula Children's Theatre for a year before moving to New York City. Taylor Ann was the Supervisor for mainstages Theater Camp Long Island in its' inaugural summer in 2018.